A round up of the latest news stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
A Liverpool fan has been stabbed to death following his team’s 5-1 win over Arsenal. Anthony Mutheia was stabbed outside a bar in Meru, Kenya as he celebrated Liverpool’s demolition of the Gunners on Saturday. Police are investigating the incident.
The Daily Mail has suggested that Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling will be given the chance to earn a World Cup place by former boss Roy Hodgson this summer. There is a position up for grabs at right midfield with Theo Walcott out injured and the teenager is in line for a call up to the squad to face Denmark next month.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he’s struggling to think of a better performance than the one his side produced over the weekend. Liverpool ran riot as they thrashed Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield to improve their chances of securing a top four place.
“I am trying to think back of a performance, especially in the first half, that I can remember in the last 15 years. Maybe one or two in the Champions League got close but that was as explosive as it gets. That is right up there,” said the skipper.
Star striker Luis Suarez has revealed Philippe Coutinho is the man making the side tick, suggesting the midfielder deserves a place in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup this summer.
“When Coutinho is right, he is the difference that makes Liverpool. He is a very great player and he is showing that he has the quality to play for both Liverpool and in the national team. I’m proud to be playing with him,” Suarez is quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
On the transfer front, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has admitted his uncertainty over where he’ll be next season. The Spaniard is currently on loan at Napoli in Serie A after Liverpool brought in Simon Mignolet last summer.
“I don’t know where I’ll be next year, but my plan is to enjoy this season and do a good job - They (Liverpool) have to explain to me what their intentions are, but I’m not currently up to speed on all of the possible offers which might come in,” he told the Mirror.
Liverpool are also thought to be one of three clubs interested in signing Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole at the end of the season. Arsenal and American side New York Red Bulls are the other sides thought to be interested in trying to do a deal for the defender when his Chelsea deal expires.
On loan FC Porto star Juan Iturbe has indicated that he wouldn’t be able to turn down the lure of a move to Juventus. The versatile winger and striker has previously been linked with a move to Anfield.
“I don’t know anything about my future. Certainly, Juventus are a real team, the strongest in Italy and who wouldn’t want to join them?” he told Tuttosport.
In other news, civic leaders in Liverpool have approved draft plans for the framework of the regeneration of Anfield. The £260 million plan aims at delivering new life to the football club and the surrounding area.
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